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Fort | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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FortFort
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 18.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ale brewed with a ridiculous amount of pureed raspberries (over a ton of 'em!). Fort has a Belgian-style base, then we follow a similar fermentation process to the one we use on our other super-high ABV beers, 120 Minute IPA and World Wide Stout.

49 IBU
ABV varies from 15-18%.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-05-2005

BEER STATS
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#25,026
Reviews:
568
Ratings:
1,309
pDev:
17.69%
Bros Score:
3.94
 
 
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Photo of BEER88
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well in my neverending quest to empty out my closet and et to these hard to reach beers the beers that I have stored away for sometimes it may seem to be years, I have come across my latest discovery, Dogfish head's Fort. What can be said about a monstrously huge bottle of brew that simply says ale brewed with rasberry with no ABV or warning on it in regards to what may lie inside? Needless to say I was more then willing to dive in and see what this beer could be made of. I have to admit though, I was a bit intimidated, as word of mouth had told me this was a damn bigbeer that was gonna be hard to put down, we shall see....


Well upon the pour we have an extremely hazy amber. Slightly darker then your normal ale. Lots of visible carbonation was evident from the start, chains of bubbles rippling up from the bottom of the glass. Lots of haze, literally made this opaque. Tons of suspended particles as well, some of them quite large. This may have been due to the aged bottle, as it had a 11/05 brewed date on it. Nice one inch thick white head receeded rather quicky leaving behind a thin film on top of the glass and a nice amount of lace drooping down the sides. Biggest story here. by far had to be all the haziness and the suspended particles which it seemed clouded the view completly and gave it a very thick appearence.

The smell was strong, and very fruity. Large hint of rasberry was readily apparent from the start. I would have thought that the alcohol smell would have been stronger then what it was, however it was not that apparent. Don't get me wrong, this smelled alot like a strong wine, however it just did not smell overwhelminglt strong from the start. A very sugary aroma aroma was present as was a slight hint of grain in the back, overall very fruity smell.


The taste was well, bitter. This knocked my head back at the first sip. Insanely strong and fruity. Perhaps the strongest fruiteness I have ever tasted in a beer before. Incredible fresh rasberries in the flavor were evident right from the start. The one thing that shocked me however, was that I would have thought the alcohol presence would have been alot stronger then it was. It was noticeable but not 18% noticeable if you know what I mean, A slight hoppiness was present in the finsh, quite dry actually. Very smooth feel, great carbonation, led to that nice silky, bubbly light feeling. Overall the flavors were very very intense, and the fruit and hop flavors far overpowered the alcohol. This made the profile really jump out at you, and made what could have been overpoweringly hot with alcohol,. not only tolerable, but actually rather emjoyable as the session wore on.

Overall this was one of the more unique beers I have tried. Way way fruity and full of complex flavors, and over the top with the alcohol, to the point I probably should not have gone at this one alone. Somehow, someway they brewed this to be very drinkable. You gotta try this at least once for the novelty sake of it, though at 20 bucks its a bit of a far cry from pure novelty. Still this was really much better then I had expected and I would really recommend trying this.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - 750ml served in medium snifter freshness date states 11/13/06 bottling
A - Ruby red/deep chesnut hued ale with a thin white head that leaves almost no lacing

S - Aromas of alchol that are sherry like, cedar and dry raspberry and mellow plum scents

M & T - Effervescent with tinges of sweet raspberry followed by honey and woody sour cherry. Flavors of currant and cardomom are accompanied by warming presence of alcohol Dances lightly on the tongue with substantial depth.

D - Not a very drinkable ale albeit a sweet and flavorful one. Strength is deceptive and might make for a better digestif than and aperitiff.

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Photo of orangesol
2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dfhhead25
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one aged a couple years (I had a taate of a fresh one too). It definitely mellows quite nicely with age. It is still a little boozy, but the raspberry character has become more prominent

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in DFH Alehouse snifter.

Looks like a vivisected blood orange made liquid, like Francis Bacon had gotten at it, with no real head to speak of. The absolute reek of raspberries pours into the nose, followed by a strong creek of alcohol that meanders through the fruity jungle. No real surprises in the taste, with the spiked berry flavors taking the point and never really relinquishing the high ground, though they do faze themselves out in order to be reinforced by squads of light maltiness. They sit on the tongue with not too much weight and just enough effervescence to keep spirits up.

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Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle year 2009.

Pours a clear amber color with some red/orange highlights. Tiny particles stuck in suspension keeping this from being totally clear in appearance. Includes a nice cap of white foam with good retension supported by continual bubbles of carbination. Decent amount of lace clings all around the glass, spotty at times when swirled but a solid curtain of white lace after taking slow sips. Aroma is similar to a fruity raspberry juice but with a very noticable alcohol presence blended with malt. Taste is tart and fruity with a tiny bit of sweetness but regardless of a colder than ideal serving temperature, the alcohol is quite dominating. The alcohol really takes center stage in this beer with all the other characteristics just playing a minor role in the background. It is a very, very warming beer and has quite the astringent alcohol taste. Body of this beer feels quite light but that might be a false impression because of the high alcohol that seemingly partially evaporates if you don't swallow fast enough. This beer leaves a lingering taste of the raspberry in your mouth coupled with a bit of hop bitterness.

I would also like to note that the alcohol in this beer shares a strikingly similar smell and taste to what is found in the DFH 120 IPA. I know it sounds weird but I really picked up on this right away. I don't think it is just the fact that both beers share an 18 or higher percent volume of alcohol, there is just something very similar in the alcohol taste and smell with each.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber slightly cloudy look pours with a huge effervescent head cloudy white fluffy leaves massive chunky layers of lace. Aroma: Tart raspberries floud the senses along with bready yeast notes some spicy character over ripened with spicy alcohol fruit notes sugary and tart blend. Taste: Flowing raspberry flavor with a highly alcohol phenol character flowery hop presence with more of the bready yeast and biscuit malt sweetness a bit of a honey raspberry syrup tone. Mouthfeel: Syrupy texture semi-colloidal very coats the palate yet still has a fine carbonation it's hard to explain a strange sensation on the palate for sure medium bodied overall...I guess. Drinkability: Heavy dose of raspberries a ton to be exact helped the natural fruit sugars for fermentation purposes reaching that 18% could be probably be tricky without 'em easy to consume in a mellow fashion to get too relaxation status fine off centered ale, I like it.

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Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rolltide8425
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of imbibehour
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter.

Deep ruby orange grapefruit body color, literally like a ruby grapefruit, and fairly opaque body. Non existent pouring head with a thin and occasional big bubbled collar. Slightly whispy top as well.

Aroma is actually quite subtle. Fruit raspberry, a small hint of cotton candy and salt water like taffy as well but far less sweetness than anticipated. No boozy quality either, making for a nice raspberry aroma and not being sledgehammered on the nose.

Palate is quite interesting. Taste like a classic strong ale, with an interesting very prickly carbonation mouthfeel. Hints of thick caramel but with a much more toned down sweetness. Raspberry fills the palate nicely and controlled. Mild sweetness with tones ranging from mild sugar to honey on the aftertaste with an almost tart berry following as well. Not the slightest bit boozy.

A real nice fruit beer, well in control. Not in love but certainly not disappointed in it either.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.56/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared last night by Barry. '08 vintage. Holy crap.

This pours a dark, deep inviting red color, with a very small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells really, really, raspberry forward, even 7 years later. It's incredible. Just rich raspberry, tart and sweet at the same time, with some raspberry seed flavor, along with some slight booziness, but nowhere near the aroma I'd expect from a beer of this ABV.

Tasting this, I can hardly believe it's 18% ABV. The booze has basically subsided, only leaving a slightly spicy warming feeling at the end of each sip. Otherwise, there's just a genuinely wonderful raspberry flavor, I can't believe how much raspberry is here even all these years later- there's clearly a deft brewing hand here. Say all you want about Dogfish Head- this is an insane, killer beer. I can't say it's exactly complex- if you're looking for nuanced flavors, or really any flavors other than raspberry, you'll be looking for a while. However, the raspberry flavor they managed to capture here is just outstanding, and that's impressive enough for me.

This is fairly thick bodied, with a juicy, crisp mouthfeel, almost pulpy in a way. There's a lower level of carbonation. It's really drinkable, and honestly doesn't even need to be a sipper. At this age, it's so easy to put down. You gotta be careful though- if you drink too much of it, you'll be knocked right on your ass.

This is one of the best DFH beers I've ever had. It's coming back out again soon, I'll have to put down for 6-7 years before trying it again.

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Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of AlexFields
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/5 inch head of an off-white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of earthiness, dark citrus, slight spice, alcohol, slight sweet malt, and strong yeast. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable Beer. Tastes of strong alcohol, raspberries, strong yeast, earthiness, hint of wine, and slight sweet malt. Overall, I was hoping for more raspberries, the wine/earthiness was impressive, but the alcohol strength was a detriment.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is a cloudy, orange-amber coloring with a frothy, dense, small bubbled off-white head. Aromas are surprisingly subtle, with a strong raspberry and booze blend of the nose. Not overly sweet or tart on the nose, it smells great. Flavors are rich, with a heavy fruit and malt sweetness balanced very well. Raspberry tartness is solid, but remaining light to avoid being overpowering, with a good, smooth, creamy malt backbone. The beer has a decent lacing along the glass, and the body is round and smooth, with a velvety texture as it clears the palate. The aftertaste is a little sharp, with the tart raspberry flavors meeting a roasted, earthy backbone. The finish has a slight linger and cloy, but the increased ABV cleans that up quickly. Very smooth and flavorful.

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Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into oversized wine glass:

Pours reddish orange with a thin head that recedes - but, nice retention for abv.

The smell is of raspberries with bready (pie-crust) notes. Smells like raspberry pie soaked in alcohol.

The taste is of raspberry liqueur. Aging this one for over a year, but alcohol is still sharp. This is more of a raspberry liqueur than a beer, though there is a bit of carbonation. The raspberry is not "artificial" or syrupy (well, maybe a bit). But, in the end, it tastes like those "red hot" candies I had as a kid with tabasco sauce. Chambord on steroids. Hot, hot, hot.

Sweet and hot. Sticky, but not as much as could be considering sweetness of it.

The carbonation makes it somewhat drinkable (relative to a liqueur). It is a tough one. Drinkability rated for what it is. I can't say it's not drinkable, but wow is it ever a slow-sipper. Caveat Emptor.

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Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,309 ratings
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